Here comes the bunny trail…

 

Oh Joy!

 

Easter is on its way, and we’ve got the cutest  bunnies this year to help you celebrate :)

Packed with DREAMY SPRING color and pumped full of joy, our latest release is sure to inspire you!

Drop in to the shoppe now and save on this adorable Easter collection!

Happy LOVE DAY!

It has come to our attention that several of our members have been having trouble logging into their accounts and accessing membership links. Thank you for your emails! We do believe that this issue has been resolved.

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Also, if you are a monthly member and you have missed any of your monthly links. Let us know and we will get you all set up :)

 

Stop in and grab our February Member Collection, So Smitten. It’s bright and happy colors are the perfect choice for all your love layouts and projects!

 

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January 2017 Collection

HAPPY 2017!

This will be your year, at least we think so! Celebrate the new year with our adorable,bright and eclectic collection; This Will Be Your Year. There are TONS of icons in this perfect for planner pages and other documentary style layouts. It’s also PACKED with a TON of paper options!

  • Collection
  • Papers
  • Alpha
  • Cards
  • Titles
  • MCO_TWBYYEXTRAS
  • Calendar
  • Layout By Michelle

 

Pop into the shoppe, or if you are a member download your goodies now!

Month to Month Download Links
2017 Annual Links

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In Gratitude

Out of the dark night, the sun still rises to once again cast light and warmth to all. The sun has risen. I may bask in it or turn my back. The sun will shine either way. I am free to focus on the shadow or the light that creates it. I always have a choice.

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Epic Halloween Collection :)

Due to a few technical difficulties with my computer, October’s EPIC HALLOWEEN COLLECTION, will be somewhat delayed in it’s release. Look for it October 5th :)

This collection stands to be one of my FAVORITE Collections of ALL TIME. LOL, I would show you a preview but unfortunately until my computer’s fusion drive is replaced I have nothing else to read my lightning external drive from ;) Yay for technology, good times..

Rest assured, this collection WILL BE SO WORTH YOUR WHILE! There is a very slight chance it will be ready to go before the 5th, but we are officially calling it the fifth so there will be plenty of time after said computer is back home and up and running.

You can also check back here for updates, and maybe I will be able to post a preview or two eventually :)

Thank you for your patience, We appreciate your support. Have a lovely day!

 

Happy {Inter}National Scrapbook Day

HAPPY {INTER}NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY

As promised a little trinket for you to play with. If you make something pretty, I would LOVE to see, post on FB, link us up use #littledreamerbeyou or leave us your comments below. At any rate, enjoy this little lovely no strings attached. Yay!

We hope you have a beautiful day doing whatever it is you love and celebrating this gorgeous mother’s day weekend with family and friends. Cheers.

~M

 

 

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Wild and Free

Hello Dreamer :)

I’ve been so busy cooking up new creations in the Little Dreamer Studio.

This month’s collection, Wild & Free is one of my FAVORITES. It’s super eclectic and very fun and brimming with cute boho charm.
LOVE. :)

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Saturday brings us National Scrapbook Day and I’ve also been creating a fun set to share with EVERYONE YAY! As a way to say THANK YOU for making Little Dreamer your GO-TO-PLACE for amazing digital goods :) I hope to have it posted here by Friday night, but at the very latest Saturday Morning bright and early, even if it’s an all nighter on Friday [which it very well may be ;)]

I’ve got my waterlogged app reminding me to drink up; Game of Thrones qued up and ready to amaze me (no spoilers, please!) and I’m ready to create.. Ready, set. Let’s do this.

Have an amazing day!

~M

Happy Place, April’s Membership Collection

Where Is Your Happy Place?

Just dropping in to share with you my latest collection with Little Dreamer, ‘Happy Place’. April’s membership collection, but also available now in the shoppe, this set is just so much fun. I am especially in love with the color palate. It’s very whimsical and I really felt the colors would lend themselves to an adorable birthday set as well.

This collection really packs a punch, at just over 700MB it’s bursting at the seams with so many goodies!

 

  • Happy Place
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  • Happy Place Cards
  • Happy Place Alpha
  • Happy Place Extras
  • Happy Place Birthday Add On
  • Happy Place Titles
  • Happy Place Solids

 

Pop in the shoppe now and download your April Goodies at our very discounted Membership Price, Or pick them up a la cart today!

 

Shine | Digital Papers and Embellishments

Digital Paper Release:

It’s a brand new year at Little Dreamer! That means gorgeous new content. Our January collection, Shine, uses bright corals, navy, gold and silver foils and is loaded with over 450MB of yummy papers and elements there is something for everyone!

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  • Shine Alpha
  • Shine Extra Bits
  • Shine Titles
  • Shine Painted
  • Shine Calendar Brushes
  • Layout by Nancy
  • AbsolutelyPerfect
  • Layout by Jaime
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  • Layout by Tracy
  • Layout by Connie
  • Layout by Danica
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  • Layout by Rebecca
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  • Layout by Julie
  • Layout by Jody
  • Layout by Lisa

 

Christmas Time at Little Dreamer!

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It’s Christmas Time at Little Dreamer!

Celebrate the season with our latest member collection, Christmas Time. In the shoppe now! Christmas time is here, and we are punching up the color and the charm with our adorable holiday collection. Bright Reds, Sparkling Gold and just the right shades of green, this collection is sure to fill your pages with joy!

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  • Christmas Time Papers
  • Christmas Time Cards
  • Christmas Time Alpha
  • Christmas Time Advent
  • Christmas Time Cookies
  • Christmas Time Titles
  • Christmas Time Extras
  • Layout by Danica
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  • Layout By Rebecca
  • Layout By Lisa
  • Layout By Tracy
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Celebrate with me!

Tomorrow is my birthday, I’m turning the big 40. (hard to believe!)

I’m spreading the love with a FLASH SALE! Save up to 40% on everything in the shoppe, ALL WEEKEND LONG!

Check out, Pumpkin Spice, our November Member’s Collection in the shoppe now!

Free Gift Cards with Purchase!

Now through Oct 31st!

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Every time you purchase any Halloween Item in our shoppe, you get $2 back in gift cards to use on your next purchase! The more you buy the more you earn! Keep the certificates to use for yourself, or send them to a friend!

AND to top that off, all our Halloween goodies are ON SALE, the entire month! Savings up to 40%! Check back all month, more Halloween items will be coming soon!

Drop In and Save!

Details:

Gift Certificates will be automatically sent to you or the email of your choice at checkout. Each Halloween Item Earns you $2in gift certificates, The more you buy, the more certificates you earn. Gift Certificates do not expire and may be combined on any future purchases.

Soul Song

Do you have a song that any time you hear it, just makes your soul happy? It has the power to instantly shift your mood, and transport you to another time and place?  I call this a soul song. I wanted to share one of those songs for me today :)  This is best played in the car, with all the windows rolled down at a very loud volume. You’d better believe that there is also some car dancing involved. YES. I am a spectacle, and it is AWESOME.

Join me my friends! From my soul to yours :) Happy Thursday!

 

Happy National Donut Day! :)

Today is national donut day (Oh, yeah. Kind of a big deal in our house ;) AND for my kids, it’s the last day of school! I thought what better way to celebrate such fun-ness then to create an adorable mini collection; AND put it on sale.

Oh Yeah! Totally went there :)

This collection is BURSTING with color and happiness and it’s just perfect to scrap your fun summer celebrations with. AND it’s on sale this weekend for ONLY $2!  AWESOME!!

Pop In and Check It Out Now!

My Tribe June Membership Collection

Father’s Day is right around the corner and we’ve got you covered! June’s membership collection includes 6 adorable Father’s Day card fronts in .jpg. Print them as is, or layer them on your favorite patterned paper! They are sure to please that special dad in your life.

Our collection this month is also the perfect go-to-kit for documenting those men in your life, Camping & Explorer themed based, it features masculine colors and patterns and will assist you in creating eye catching works of art.

Also, this month, we will be rolling out a few new membership features here at Little Dreamer, please stay tuned for all the juicy details!

Happy (Inter)National Scrapbook Day!

It’s time for sale on all our digital papers and embellishments

Today is National Scrapbook Day, and we are celebrating with a LONG OVERDUE sale! We do not host many sales here at Little Dreamer because our Member’s Pricing is already so low; So when a sale comes… It is certainly time to STOCK UP! Our sale this weekend includes membership subscriptions.. So if you’ve been wanting one, don’t miss out on this sale!

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And we have released our May Membership Collection today as well! Pop in the shoppe and check it out!

And, if you are not a subscription member, you can still pick up this fabulous collection and save 30% :) Woohoo!

Because today is National Scrapbook Day, I thought I would take a minute and create something special for you guys :)

National Scrapbook Day Bonus Brushes

Now, some of you may have noticed that I am no longer including a brush set in our membership collection downloads. Out of all the content I create each month, brushes are the least downloaded.. Now, for me.. I use brushes on pretty much everything in one way or another, brushes are my FAVORITE ;) So.. A bonus for you today, a cute little word brush set that coordinates with our Fabulous Collection.

You can download this set below:

Fabulous Brush Bonus

Leave us a comment below, let us know what you think about brushes.. Are they your go-to tool, or too much work?

Enjoy the rest of your National Scrapbook Day! :) If you make anything with these or any of our goodies for that mater, we’d LOVE to see.. Drop us a line!

 

Featured Layouts

I wanted to feature some of our gorgeous CT Layouts from this month’s membership collection :)

So much goodness! I’m loving all the inspiration here! Our April Membership Collection is in the shoppe now and can be purchased separately, or subscribe today for an amazing discount! :)

My Design Plate…

I’m having one of those Saturdays when I can’t decide what to focus on. It probably means I have too many good things on my plate ;) I’ve been working on a cute little project for Pebbles. Brenda is a new client of mine, so finding our sweet spot has been a little challenging, but oh, this line is going to be CUTE. I’m also working on a few websites as of late, which is a new service I am starting to offer more.

Here are few sites I’ve recently completed:

Bush Solar

Utah Lash and Day Spa

And working on a few more :)

In the past I’ve been very hesitant to design websites because coding and implementing the site usually turns into a HUGE HEADACHE.. However, will recent tools and skills in my toolbox ;) I’ve found a formula that I really like!

I’ve also been doing some fun home design projects. Which I can’t currently show you because of the contract I am under ;) but as soon as I can.. Totally will :)

It’s been my intention to create some AMAZING creativity classes this year. I haven’t decided the complete format yet, but it’s going to be EPIC. Lots of tricks and tools for increasing your creativity and your confidence in doing what you love. I’m pretty excited about it. Creativity isn’t just a gift that few are blessed with, it’s a way of life, a way of thinking that puts you into the perfect alignment to be, well a creator. And ANYONE can be a creator. True.

I also have a fun little coffee break interview out with the Fabulous Tiffany Tillman of Scrapaneers.  You will be able to hear my interview with Tiffany and download my free layout sample kit when you subscribe to their Champions Membership. PLUS I’m doing a giveaway :)

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Win a complimentary 1-month enrollment into Champions, a digital scrapbooker’s dream resource for building layouts you love efficiently, faster and with less fuss. Each month, expect bite-sized, professional video lessons to recreate digital beautiful projects using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, along with exclusive digital kits, templates, and a companion book with step by step instructions. Members also receive the Digital Coffee Break, the world’s first video show for digital scrapbookers!

So.. Want to enter to win? Just leave me comment here and I will randomly select a next week! GOOD LUCK!

 

 

Color Me Happy

A little scrap therapy this morning :) It’s been waaaaaaaaay too long ;) This is my beautiful daughter, Brenna Coleman.. hard to believe she is going to be 16 this year!

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A very simple and clean layout for my sweet daughter :) The paper and brushes are a part of our April Member Collection; Color Me Happy (in the shoppe tomorrow!) The washi tape and the cute date brad are going to be offered up as part of our Free Easter Celebration. Starts on Saturday… You will be able to hunt for easter eggs and download goodies!

Plus, there is going to be a sale, because, who doesn’t love a spring sale? :)

Here is a sneak peak of our collection coming tomorrow! Enjoy!

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New Generous Terms of Use

In my experience it quite often feels necessary to hire a dedicated legal team to understand and process digital designer’s terms of use, am I alone here? Well, here at Little Dreamer, we’ve updated our terms of use to be easy to understand. And we’ve added a very generous professional and commercial terms of use to many of our items.  You can read my updated TOU here, and please also take a look at my Manifesto to see more about my licensing philosophy. ENJOY!

2015 Member Goodies :)

2015 Member Goodies :)

2015 Membership Downloads will start on Monday January 5th!

It’s not too late to save on our membership subscription. Use code Save30 to take 30% off a membership subscription of your choosing!

Happy New Year!

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2015 Member Goodies :)

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year :)

December is definitely where it’s at, Christmas carols, decorating your tree, your house, your yard, holiday baking, elf on the shelf antics, letters to Santa, holiday parties, and let’s not forget all the shopping, shopping, shopping..   Seriously, OMG, breathe.. That’s good, in and out.. Now sit down and actually relax by that fire, for just a minute or two while the room stops spinning ;) If you are anything like me, you find that during the happiest season of the year, it is far too easy to get caught up in all the holiday merrymaking. This year I am actually making a point to say NO to the traditions that cause more stress than they are worth, and focus on JOY and why not, I will throw in a little peace for good measure too :)

How will I accomplish this?? First, I’m going to give the gift that keeps on giving.. A Little ME time. It’s the most overlooked gift that you could give. Time alone with just you, unplugged, UNDISTURBED. And the ONLY way it’s going to happen is if I mark it down on my calendar. (Sound the alarm!) Give it a try. Schedule a time at a coffee shop with your favorite podcast or playlist and a hot cup of joe. Or, a bath using products that don’t have ninja or kitty in the name, even just a few minutes walking around a mall NOT shopping would be a good start to giving yourself the gift of time this holiday season.  I’m ALL OVER THIS :)

Secondly, I am just going to ENJOY.

All the moments. Even the not so perfect ones. I will enjoy the baking, gift-wrapping, cocoa making, Christmas song singing or whatever I find myself doing this holiday season. But I will be making each moment count by actually being present in those moments.. What’s that? Is it possible to turn off my ever planning, constantly working brain long enough to just ENJOY? Well, hell, just watch me. I vow this year to take it all in moment by moment and just enjoy. Perhaps you will give that one a go as well? Enjoy the cold, the cuddling and wherever you find yourself. Making moments count just as they happen will make your holiday brighter.

And this December, I will be giving out random acts of goodness via Little Dreamer :) As you may have noticed, my birthday sale is still in FULL effect. Yay! I am also holding a drawing to give away some 2015 annual memberships. Random Drawings will be held all month, to enter leave us love on our facebook page, or leave a comment here on our blog :)

Our 1st Random act of goodness is a fabulous paperset. This set coordinates perfectly with our membership collection this month, Santa & Co.

It’s available for you to download and enjoy NOW :)

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Be sure to leave some love to be entered for your chance to win a 2015 Annual membership to our shoppe! And will all Acts of Kindness, be sure to pass this one along :)

2015 Member Goodies :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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So much to be thankful for today

Everyone is happy, healthy, and whole. We have tons and tons of delicious food that has been lovingly prepared for today (and tomorrow!) for us to fill ourselves of it’s goodness. Spending the weekend surrounded by loved ones..

And we have a new puppy :)
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Her name is India, We are already calling her Indie.. She is a Malshi born on Oct. 17th, the runt of the litter; not projected to be over 4 pounds.. She is perfect We are in LOVE with her!

Happy Thanksgiving, may you shine bright and open your heart to all the beauty and love that is.

★ Happy Halloween ★

★ Happy Halloween ★

MCO_HauntedBlogTreat01Happy October!! Oh, how I love this time of year. The colors start changing, the air becomes crisper and all the spooks come out to play :) I love it.  Since the birth of my own little spook, eleven Halloweens ago (wow, time does fly) Halloween has become one of our very favorite holidays without question. We are used to going all out and throwing big parties, dressing to the nines.. It’s just what we do ;)

So, this month our membership collection is, of course, Halloween! As it is every October, and its cuter than ever :) Haunted is a little bit retro with a twist of vintage and just plain cute :)

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Our membership collections are available for download for our subscription members ONLY :) If you are not a member, pop in the shoppe and join us today! Subscription members save an AMAZING 85% each month off retail price so it’s really a deal that cannot be beat!

& A Halloween treat for all our fabulous members out there :)

You must be a registered member of the site for this link below to be active. Not a member? No problem! Just register for a free account now and be on your way to enjoying our downloading goodness in a snap.

If you love this goodie, we’d love to hear your comments below!

Please share this page with all your friends, however let them download the link on their own.

Thank you, enjoy and may you have a happy and safe Halloween!!

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::Download Your Goodie Here::

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Please be sure to register for a free account if you have not already done so!

Thank you, enjoy!

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A delicate gift

A delicate gift

Sharing a page from my personal journal today :)

 

june62014Today I stood on the step of my porch and watched in awe as the giant cottonwood tree behind my house released thousands upon thousands of cotton seed. Snowing down mounds and mounds of cotton. It swirled and whirled and as I looked up into the sky. I felt a little like Alice; in a giant glass globe where someone had just finished shaking it. Delicate fluffy flakes of snow swirling all around me. Coating the flowers and bushes, the green grass, everything it touched, Covered in fluff.

I’ve never seen anything like it.. And it just kept coming. At first, it was magical, let’s go out and dance in it! Then the sneezing, allergies kicks in, it sticks to EVERYTHING, it keeps coming.. Can I knit with this?? :/ And I started to get a little irritated, how long does this sucker go?? 3 Weeks.. Really? WTH.

All yard work has ceased. What’s the point really.. 10 minutes and you are covered in floof.. Yes, there are reprieves here and there, but when it’s not snowing down floof, there is enough floof covered grass and bushes to make up for it. I don’t even know where to BEGIN to dig out my flowers.. And the space where my vegetables were to be planted.. Well, it looks like perhaps a sheep has exploded.. Poor sheep.

This has been my mind set…I’ve been grumbling…And then I stopped. Where was my gratitude? My initial reaction to seeing this was one of awe; it was magical. Calming. And then I went a step further. How many times in my life have I allowed irritation to creep in and take over; when life does not look like how I imagined it would? How I imagined it should? Why am I still so intent on making a life that has to look a certain way? Has that not been my recipe for heartache? I have learned, good & bad, life is perfect, and has been perfect in teaching me the lessons that I’ve set out to learn. SO STOP CONTROLLING HOW IT LOOKS, & JUST ACCEPT IT FOR WHAT IT IS. And be grateful for what is.

I am so grateful. So fortunate. I LOVE my life. I love being able to create every day. I am afforded the privilege of working at home and providing for my family and I am grateful. And so blessed. Lately, I have allowed myself to get caught up in worry, and in doubt. I’ve been stressing; something big.. Honestly, It’s been a bit of a struggle lately keeping up with the finances of life, I see businesses closing left and right and when I let it :) it stresses me out.. Whew.. That’s a big one.. But when I had this thought of gratitude for everything that I have, for everything that I have been able to give my children… I was instantly flooded with such peace  and such calm, I can’t explain it.. But it was such a gift.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

I grappled with what to do this weekend, my leg has not healed completely from my lovely break so hiking and camping (my normal memorial day festivities) are sort of out this year. Instead we opted for a basement family carnival game night lol, Lorynn decided to handle all the decorations, she is hanging crepe paper streamers as I type and has carefully crafted our agenda for the evening. I’m pretty sure cotton candy is on the schedule.. FUN :)  AND.. Wonder of wonders, I’ve gotten some designing in, AND some scrapping time in..

SAY WHAT??

TRUE..

I’ve yet to really jump on the project life band wagon.. yes, I’ve thoroughly thought about it. More than once.. But I don’t really like boxes.. I like free flowing pages so much better.. And my son is now at an age where he is looking at the pages I have made my daughters and wanting to see pages of his own.. OHHH.. crap. LOL.

SO. I’m feeling a bit rusty..  Don’t get me wrong, I create EVERY SINGLE DAY. And I create products for project life and box scrapping, and of course everything else under the sun; but I haven’t scrapped in QUITE SOME TIME.. I can’t even remember, I would have to go back into my files, lol..Sad..

So, setting my clear intention, I am making Morgan his very own book with pictures of him, his sisters and his half brothers :) So you will ACTUALLY start to see pages from me again.. don’t be so shocked.. First page in AGES.. Here is my little man :) Oh, I’ve used random pieces here, everything from Little Dreamer. (I don’t know how NOT to use my own stuff!) Washi from Be Bold, a random monster doodle that has yet to find a home, A few of my CU Washi tapes too.. LOL, man I’m bad at credits ;) Hee Hee, I think THAT’s why I only use my own stuff!! OOOhhh, mystery solved.. :) Enjoy your weekend!

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An amazing font package too good NOT to share!

An amazing font package too good NOT to share!

I stumbled upon this amazing font deal today, but it’s only for a limited time so be sure to JUMP on it!! These are commercial use fonts, but at 97% off, they are an amazing value for personal use too! These are some of my FAVORITE fonts for design, they are AWESOME!

These fonts are BEAUTIFUL! Now, are you sitting down? If you purchased these fonts separately at regular price they would be a whooping $1072.. Seriously OUCH.

But the reason I’m sharing today ;) is you can pick up the entire package WITH EXTENDED LICENSING for ONLY $29!  WHAT?? I’m seriously GEEKING OUT.. I can’t help it.

I’m a font addict.. And PROUD ;)  SO DON’T MISS THIS DEAL!!  JUMP ON OVER TO DESIGN CUTS AND GRAB THEM NOW!! Heehee.. It’s better than Christmas! :)

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Update

Man, I can’t believe it’s been May since I’ve posted in here.. LOL. No Bueno. :)

SOOO many things happening, where do I begin.

FIRST, Little Dreamer is getting a facelift. :) I’m so excited about this! It’s taking a little longer than anticipated because I am doing all the coding/design myself and I have to try to squeeze it between projects.. LOL, it’s almost there though :)

Besides the facelift, We will have a new members login system. New shoppe/gallery and a forum :) Also, I will be making all my current video tutorials available to everyone, not just members :) I am also going to be offering MORE types of products in the shoppe :) Custom iphone cases, home decor products, Art prints and more :) Super excited!

Hoping the big reveal will be sometime in August.. But I will be sure to post the actual date here :)

ALSO >>> July’s Member kit (one of my all time faves!) is still available for subscribers to download.. Be sure to pop in and grab your links! :)

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Happy April! :)

It’s April 1st, and today we are being blessed with a few random April Showers :) It’s perfect. It’s also April Fools, AND spring break so there has been quite a bit of pranking around here today ;)

No tricks for you here today, but I do have a little treat that I wanted to share with you :)

I’ve been playing with some watercolors today…

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You can download and play with these today! I’ve included color .pngs and a .abr brush file for you :)

April’s membership content for Little Dreamer is also ready to download now! This month’s collection was inspired by a member’s request. It’s called Life’s a Circus. Filled with bright and happy colors but finished with a soft vintage feel. This collection is a lot of fun. Yes, it’s circus themed, but there are also enough very general embellishments and papers to create any kind of layout. The collection also lends itself very well to create birthday cards, announcements (Templates for these are included!) and so much more! Included this month are also 6 adorable 12×12 art prints.. I might be crushing on these just a little bit ;)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Those sneaky leprechauns got us good last night ;) Left a huge mess on the kitchen table… And they turned our

milk green.. Green pancakes for breakfast though, is a great way to celebrate ;) Hee hee.

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St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday! How times files ;) I can’t believe we are almost mid way through March. I have a special treat for you today, an adorable St. Patrick’s Day collection just put in our shoppe, and you can score it today for only $1!

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Use Coupon Code: LUCKY at checkout.

And, another special treat :) I’m offering a free quick page for you to download NOW! :)

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[Download Here]

I ♥ St. Patrick’s Day! :) I’ve heard rumor that the Leprechauns are REALLY going to do a number on us this year.. Probably because last year, Lorynn set up her own leprechaun trap so she could catch one. The little bugger got away, so I am thinking that this year, it’s pay back..

I will be sure to post those photos on Sunday :) ENJOY!

MODULAR CHRISTMAS LAYERED TEMPLATES :)

Soooo.. November is almost half over.. Ok, technically it is half over, I had planned to post these templates WAY sooner, but I have been in the middle of moving, (I HATE MOVING!) then we were ALL sick for what seemed like an eternity.. And now.. Well, Without further Ado.. Ahem ;)

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This layered template is not just your ordinary template file, It’s modular which means you can put any front with any back design, you can make it 5×7 flat, or add an inside spread. And each side has many many design options to choose from.

You Can:

Change your pattern, Color, Photo Placement, Greeting, Front Design, Back Design; the possibilities are truely endless.. AND the templates for Boutique Cut Cards are built right into the template. So you can see what each cut would do to your design.. It’s pretty cool, and it’s nice to have soooo many options in one set :)

These modular templates are available for sale now! Check them out!!

I am also sweetening the deal. Not only are these already 20% Off, You can save an additional $5 off using the coupon code:

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Cheers :)

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AND!! (I know, right) I am feeling generous ;) I am sharing this adorable .png 5×7 Christmas Card Template with EVERYONE :)
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You Can DOWNLOAD it here :) with my thanks!
A Very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the states. Thank you so much for all your support! I have the greatest customers around and I am thrilled to be able support my family doing what I love to do. Thank you!

Sneak Peek :)

Wow, July is almost half over, I can’t believe it! I hope you’ve been out enjoying your summer! I wanted to share a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on today :) I am 95% sure ;) that this collection will be August’s Membership Download for Little Dreamer. It’s called Wonderlust, and it’s very painterly and ornate and completely different from my July release ;)

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I’ve been having so much fun with it :) It will have lots of Travel Icons, line drawings and patterns and designs that pull from antique pottery and fresco paintings. Lots of texture and color here :) The possibilities of using this collection will be endless :)

Back to work now.

Happy Sunday!

SUMMER TIME AND BIEBER FEVER :)

Can you believe July is almost upon us?? SERIOUSLY.. I have to hang on or I’m going to fall off this summer is going so fast.

Two things today, summer goodness and a favor ;)

First. You have the power to make my two sweet little girls biggest dreams come true. REALLY! They have entered a contest to win tickets to Justin Bieber’s concert. He’s coming here in January and tickets are already sold out. Seriously. SO.. Brenna found a contest on a local radio show. She took this photo of Lorynn and entered it. The photo with the most votes, WINS.

PLEASE HELP ME MAKE THEIR DREAM COME TRUE!! :) It would be the most amazing thing for them. They love Justin completely!

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Ha. Can you tell?

To Vote :) Go to: http://www.971zht.com/pages/justinbieber/ click on Vote. You will have to register with the station, If you don’t want emails from them you can opt out ;) but then you can vote once every day this week :)

VOTE FOR NUMBER 116

And you will make my little sweeties dreams come true. Yep.. it’s that simple ;)

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AND>> I’m Giving you a SNEAK PEEK of my July Membership Collection at Little Dreamer. I LOOOOOOOVE this collection, so much great summer goodness, I can’t wait to use it.. Hoping to carve out some time today ;)

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Thank you in advance for VOTING! Hope you have an amazing Monday :)

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June :)

Schools out, summer is here, and JUNE’s Membership Content from Little Dreamer is now available :)

 

This month’s collection is all about spotlighting dads, but the actual kit is pretty versatile, and can be used for pretty much anything.

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:) Good times.

ALSO, there are NEW GOODIES in the shoppe.

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This adorable collection from Brenna, being one of them ;)

Pop on over and check out what’s new! Hope you are enjoying the start of an amazing summer!!

Welcome Charli.

Please join me in welcoming the NEWEST addition to our little family ;)

Princess Charlize Caprissia … But you can call her Charli.

 

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We have been gifted with a beautiful 6 week old golden retriever puppy. My girl tribe + 1 boy are in puppy heaven. Me? I might be a little insane, but I’ve been reassured over and over and over, that they are completely ready for the responsibilities that come with said puppy.. <gulp> Plus I think I caved because I’ve really been wanting a running partner ;) PLUS, she is so dang cute.. How do you say no that face?? Seriously? How??

Joy Journal No.10

JJNo10So, I took a little break from life with a fabulous girls trip to Vegas. WOW. We had such an amazing time. I went with my best friends, I’ve known them since the second grade. They have always been there for me through thick and thin, and I am so greatful every day of my life that they still play such an important role in my life. And this trip had it all ;)  We laughed, we cried, we fought, we shopped, we danced, we sang, we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning. It was just what my spirit needed. I felt so Blessed.

Truly.

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There is also something to be said about four beautiful women painting the town red in Vegas. Everywhere we went we had ‘suits’ coming up to us to put us on the guest list for this club or that club. We had no lines or covers to get in anywhere and sometimes even had open bar. PRETTY SWEET!! Vegas really knows how to hook a sister up :)  And while I do have stories that I WON’T be sharing here ;) Man, we created some fabulous memories.. My stomach still hurts from laughing till dawn.  We are already planning our next trip together. Look out NYC, here we come ;)

Joy Journal No.9

JJNo9Ahhh. With so many things that bring me joy I decided to focus on friendship and fun today :)

Kind of a two-for-one.

First joy today; premium cable, yep. True. I don’t watch very much TV, I don’t really even Tivo anything anymore. But I have a handful of shows on HBO and Showtime that I am 100% addicted to.. Oh, they make me happy :)  I am a HUGE fan of Dexter, Weeds, and Big Love, was a super massive fan of The Sopranos, I LOVE PREMIUM CABLE>> These series are like little mini movies that just keep you HOOKED.. They are brilliant.

I recently started watching the first season of Breaking Bad, I’d never heard of it before, BUT, wow, after the first episode, I just wanted to sit and watch the entire season straight through. It’s fantastic.

_MG_8561So, part two of today’s joy. Is watching said episodes with a good friend. I don’t know why, but somehow it just makes them better. A glass of wine, good company, it’s just fun. I have a great friend with whom I get together a few times a week and we watch Breaking Bad together. I think we both look forward to it, where we can rehash our day and then watch someone else’s disfunctional life for a while.. Yep.

Truly good times :)

Joy Journal No.8

JJNo8So I am having a blast sharing my joy journal with you :) It’s refreshing to shift your focus once in a while and really think about the things in your life that make you happy. Little or big… The things that bring you joy. It does help to put what you have into perspective. And this journal has been very good for me.

Today’s little joy, is food related. [Yes, I’m a foodie and PROUD of it!] But let’s zero in, shall we? Today’s little joy is more accurately known as.. Sushi… YUM.

Yes, Sushi just makes me happy… It’s almost like eating an art form. How cool is that?? I mean just LOOK at it?? It’s beautiful. _MG_8540

 

_MG_8534 Couple that with a bowl of yummy edamame and I am in serious foodie heaven. Oh yeah, it’s that good. I’ve even been able to get my girls to try some sushi too. Nothing too ostentatious, Brenna loves most things tempura, so she LOVES Vegas rolls, and Lorynn will actually eat a California roll or two before she decides she wants something else ;)  Start them young and by the time they are old enough we can enjoy Sushi and Sake together.. Cool Beans.

 

Joy Journal No. 6&7

JJNO6and7Yep, it’s the weekend, so since I’ve been spending it playing with friends I am combining ;)

Today’s joy is pretty simple, but quite honestly something that can turn a bad day into fantastic. I am not sure why it is, but I LOVE driving… Not just any driving though.. I like to drive fast with the window’s rolled down and the music cranked up as loud as my speakers will allow me. It just makes my heart sing. Yes, I’ve eluded to this before. There is seat dancing, loud belting of tunes and the occasional air guitar; and cold weather doesn’t stop me.. If it’s cold; you just crank up the seat warmers and the heater. It is instant satisfaction… And happily my girls enjoy it with me. Yes, sometimes the music is different when they are DJing, but nothing makes my heart smile more than to hear Lorynn singing along as loud as she can in the back seat..

Today was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, the roads were clear, and it was just me and an ipod full of happiness.  Good times.

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Joy Journal No.5

JJNo5Today has been kind of a hard day for me. I seem to be trucking along as I often do, doing what needs to be done, then WHAMO. I get side swiped by a rush of emotions. [What is that about??]

Today was just hard. At one point. I had both of my daughters crying in the backseat on their way home from visiting their dad’s house because they missed him, and they didn’t get to snuggle him.

Sometimes divorce is heartbreaking. Then, me; sitting in the car, listening to music that was just too melancholy. Letting it take me to that place… Wait a minute.. This is a JOY JOURNAL. Snap out of it.

Today’s little joy is COLOR. Ahhhh. Ok, it’s a big joy for me. I find that if I surround myself with color, it breathes creativity into me. I need it. It’s like a silver cocoon wrapping around me, feeding me, filling me. We’ve been in our cute little house for a bit over a month and I’ve painted 4 rooms :)

 

ColorJoyThis is the painting that sits directly over my dining room table. It’s painted with metallic acrylics, and it’s so gorgeous it SHINES>> It literally brings sunshine to my soul every morning :) It has all of my favorite colors in it, although this photo doesn’t show it very well.. Rusted Orange, Aqua, Limes and Browns. Its just yummy. Couple that with the calming blue-green on the wall.. Yes.. Pure Happiness :)

Joy Journal No.4

JJNo4I finally stopped into a shabby chic consignment store today that has been calling my name since I moved to my new place. I ooooed and ahhhhhed for a good hour. It was fantastic :)

Chatted up the cute little store owner, and talked about the possibility of me selling some art to her… Hmmm. The wheels are turning, for sure.. I’ve been wanting to dive in more to painting. I’m still unpacking all those supplies (OMG, you should SEE my garage!!) But the plan is to organize the second car garage into a workable art space.. YEP, that makes me giddy with excitement. All my supplies have been tightly packed for over a year. They need to get out and stretch their legs, breath a little.. Poor babies.

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The colors alone make me happy :) Other items of joy today.. Tomorrow is Friday, and I have plans to have NO PLANS. AHHH :)  And while Friday holds NO PLANS for me, Saturday and Sunday are looking to be jam packed with excitement and fun.. I love weekends like that :) Best of both worlds…

Been getting into a good routine at the gym. I’m determined to be bikini ready come summer.. Yep, that brings me mucho joy. I am spending the weekend with my two best friends, nothing like a little wine, lots of laughter, deep conversations and heartfelt confessions to make a girl feel right with the world.. YOU KNOW?

Joy Journal No.3

AH.. Wednesday :)

Today’s little snippet of joy was walking down the scrapbooking isle, and seeing one of my favorite Christmas lines EVER.. Almost completely sold out ;) I love it when yummy paper goes to a good home :) It makes me so happy. And I love seing my work in other people’s art. It’s such a great feeling!! Flipping through any scrapbooking or paper magazine, I always see pieces of something of I’ve created… It’s uber cool.

IMG00080-20100203-1525I created these papers originally for a digital line as ‘Merry Kissmas’ and then was asked to redo them as a paper line for Fancy Pants, ‘Frosted’.  Either way, the colors in them, the snowflakes, the delicious distressing.. well, it all just makes me happy. Some of my favorite layouts ever have been created using these papers :) I just dig it..

So. Other things that have brought me joy today, in easy to read bullet form, oh YEAH ;)

  • Texting with some of my new friends :)
  • A Soy Chai with sugar-free vanilla YUM.
  • Almost finished unpacking my office (it’s getting there baby!)
  • Drinks tonight with someone COOL.
  • Lots of creative ideas to keep me busy
  • A gorgeous blue wall just calling out for some photos to be taken.
  • Cleaning Day! (yep, I went there.)

And Tomorrow is Friday! Then I’ve got a weekend spent with my girls.. I think we are going to do squeeze in a movie night, and perhaps some shoe shopping… SWEET!

Joy Journal No.2

JJNo2Ahhh :) It’s a long day today.. But it’s been a good one.

Today’s little snippet of joy was the arrival of my canvas. Seeing  it printed, ordered from WHCC on their new float wraps (15×30), it looks AMAZING in real life. (printed on metallic with gloss finish)

I made this art for my bedroom, it’s good feng shui, my own personal spell of happiness and love. Hung in just the right place to bring me good energy. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into the bedroom. I love it.

It makes me happy to see it. Yes, hanging this will only fuel the fire in wanting to paint my bedroom, but I’ve only got a few more rooms to paint and then I will be done for a while. I’ve decided to go red, black, and grey in the bedroom. It’s dramatic, and vibrant. Hmm.. Just talking about it makes me want to paint. I think the only thing stopping me … the dilemma of moving my ginormous kind sized bed.. BUT, where there is a will; there is always a way :)

Joy Journal No 1

Welcome to February.. Can the calendar REALLY be true? Wow.

So I’ve decided for the entire month of February, I am going to share my Joy Journal here. In many ways it is much like a gratitude journal, but with my own little spin.. There is so much that I am thankful for, little things that bring me joy. This journal is a way for me to celebrate that, to help me recognize and see all of my little joys, my little truths for what they are.. It’s all about the big and little things that make me smile.

JJNo1So today I was happily blessed with the opportunity to visit with one of my best friends for a lunch date. Kristie and I go way back.. (I’m talking second grade here!) And no.. I am NOT going to drudge out those photos to prove it..(Lee, you had better not either!) I am so fortunate to be surrounded by the very best of friends. People who get me and see me as I am.

 

JJLeeWe are there for each other through all of life’s ups and downs. It truly is a beautiful thing and I couldn’t imagine my life without my best friends. Kristie and I see each other often, even though she lives an hour away. Today I made the drive and the drive itself made me happy. Blue skies; speckled with clouds, (OMG could spring be on the way??) music cranked up as loud as my speakers could handle it. I found myself flying down the highway with a HUGE grin on my face, god; it was just what I needed today.

JJDrive (1)You will excuse the crappy snap shots.. I only had my camera phone with me today.. It did however make me realize how much I LOVE photography, and how I NEED to be doing more of it. For a while there, I took a break, wasn’t even packing my camera in the car with me when I was out and about. Today that changes.

I crave taking images. I love the excitement it holds for me. People, places, things.. It doesn’t really matter. I am vowing to make it more a part of my daily life. It fulfills me.

So, a few more items to add to my Joy Journal today..

Recognizing I need to start packing my camera with me ALWAYS because I crave images more than I crave most anything else. Learning how to use my camera phone because even though a girl may have her principles, every image does not always have to be perfection ;) Driving down the freeway at speeds of 95+ miles an hour, just feeling free, happy and alive, blasting out one of my favorite songs over and over again.. Learning all the words to said favorite song, and belting that sucker out for all to hear :)  - Can you say, seat dancing in the car??

 

 

Senior Year

I was tagged with this today and thought for ONCE I’d actually play along ;)

Maybe I am feeling nostalgic, let’s reminisce…

IN YOUR SENIOR YEAR DID YOU…
1. Date anyone from your high school?
Yes

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?
Yes

3. Did you car pool to school?
Walked some Drove Some :) Bummed lots of rides too.

4. What kind of car did you have?
1984 Honda Civic

5. What kind of car do you have now?
2008 Subaru Tribeca

6. It is Friday night now…
Let’s go out dancing :)

7. It is Friday night then..
Let’s go out dancing :)

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?
Waitress for the tips and meeting cute guys; Clothing store for the amazing discount on cool clothes..

9. What kind of job do you do now?
Graphic Designer, Photographer, Mother extraordinaire

10. Were you a party animal?
Yeah, I was a little ;)

11. Were you considered a flirt?
Yep, I was that too.

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
Choir :) and Drama Geek

13. Were you a nerd?
Hell no! Geek, maybe ;)

14. Did you get suspended or expelled?
Nope, but only because I never got caught ;)

15. Can you sing the fight song?
Unfortunately, I can .. Dear Ol’ Davis High School; We’ll fight for you.. (damn)
16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)?
Mr. Larsen and Mr. Spencer; Both hotties, Both English.

17. Where did you sit during lunch?
We always went out for lunch, or we’d go home for lunch, and then forget to come back ;)
18. What was your school’s full name?
Davis High School
19. When did you graduate?
1994

20. What was your school mascot?
The Darts

21. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
Probably So.. But I would certainly make more trouble the second time around ;)

22. Did you have fun at Prom?
YES! Enough Said.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?
I went to 4 Proms :) Because I dated guys from more than one high school. Married one of them, and yes. We are actually still talking ;)

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?
HELL NO. Hard Pass.

25. Do you still talk to people from school?
YES :) The people I care about, we are still very close.

26. School Colors?
Brown and Gold (YUCK)

27. What celebrities came from your high school?
Um.. Just me ;)

Small Miracles…

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This photo was almost not possible today..

We had someone break into our house yesterday. I had left the garage door open the night before until about 9PM with my purse in the car and it unlocked. Someone helped themselves to about $80 from my purse, however, they didn’t touch any of my credit cards, my checkbook, my TWO iPods sitting in the front seat. I didn’t even realize anything had happened until yesterday morning when I took the girls to get their ‘Twinkle Toes’.  I went to pay for them and realized that someone had stolen all the money out of my purse.

I figured it was probably a neighbor kid. Since they didn’t take anything else..

Well, when we got home, we realized that someone had broken in our house. They probably took the spare house key out of my car and waited for us to leave.. They had gathered up piles of things they were going to take, my golf clubs, our wii/wii fit, video games. I am not sure what deterred them.. Maybe we came home too soon, and they didn’t get to finish? Maybe it was neighbor kids and they chickened out.. I DON’T KNOW..

But I counted it as a MIRACLE>

First, they only took the money out of my purse..

Second, thousands of dollars worth of Camera and Lens equipment was UNTOUCHED. OMG. Camera and Lens equipment that I am NOT in a position to be able to replace right now if stolen, equipment that I haven’t insured again since my divorce.. I wanted to cry. From relief, from the violation of SOMEONE actually being in our house.. If it had been someone more seasoned in burglery, I may be singing a different tune today.

The break in REALLY freaked the girls out. Even though we didn’t actually lose any of our things. The fact that someone was in our house, a ‘bad person’; the images of the piles of things that they had gathered around our house.. It was scary. Brenna’s room is downstairs and I know it will be quite awhile before she is ready to sleep down there alone again.. It made them feel better that the police came and dusted for fingerprints, it made them feel better that we had a locksmith change out all the locks in the house. I think too putting in a few extra measures of security will also help calm their nerves, and you can bet that my car will ALWAYS be locked and garage door closed.

Being a single mom in a new neighborhood, there are many of my neighbors that I haven’t ventured out and met yet.. Mostly because there just are not enough hours in the day. The funny thing about cops coming to your house though, is it brings everyone else out of theirs. It was almost surreal. And it was an amazing ‘after-effect’ of everything. Neighbors came out, showed their support. One neighbor noticed a sprinkler that was broken and fixed it on the spot, another offered to help me with my weed garden I have been cultivating. My parents were also over there with me offering support, and it almost felt like a neighborhood block party.

Still, sleeping last night was a little hard at first, every creak the house made Brenna would anxiously exclaim, ‘Did you hear that?’. Even in my bed she had a hard time sleeping.. But that will pass, We are all ok, nothing major was lost, and we’ve met us some new friends. All is good :)

 

Happy Little Worker Bees

“Mom.

Pretend we are worker girls, and this is our job.

This is very hard work and not many people can do it.”

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Lorynn and I spent our afternoon today addressing baby shower invites, she thought she was hot stuff to have such an important job, as she is an expert envelope licker and stamp sticker-oner.

I created some custom baby shower invites for my friend, Jen. I normally use WHCC for all of my printing and when I ordered her cards I noticed they are now offering press printed cards on recycled paper. Since Jen is a self proclaimed hippy-girl I thought she’d appreciate that. However I was kind of disappointed in the finish as it ended up very dull.  I guess you just can’t save the enviornment and have vibrant prints at the same time ;) I am wondering if anyone else has had the experience before using recycled product?

So, I’ve been working this week on Fancy Pants goodies, I believe we will be posting some sneak peaks soon of our new product releases! So stay tuned for that!

Also, we have some new things a brewing for Little Dreamer in the month of August :) I think you will all be pleasantly surprised! I can’t tell you much yet, but we will be having a huge bash August 1st and of course you will all be invited! :)

Hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Perspectives

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.. It would seem that the month of May has really kicked my butt :) May is always busy with Fancy Pants, creating fun new product for CHA Summer.. But this May has been particularly interesting for many reasons.

So, where to start.. First. I am grieving for the loss of a dear friend. She unexpectedly passed away last week. I think I am still in shock over it. Melannie was the little sister to my best friend since the second grade. We all grew up together.. I think I was at Nikk and Mel’s house more often than I was at my own. There were three of us, Myself, Nikki and Kristie. We were inseparable.  Mel was the tag along little sister, but honestly, we had more fun when she was with us..  Usually, late at night after Nikki and Kristie called it quits.. Mel and I could be found perfecting our sneaking out techniques, singing Heart at the top of our lungs, or burping our ABC’s together.  Ah.. those were the days :)

Here is a little perspective, this is a photo of Nikk and Kristie and I, ninth grade recognition dance :)

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Aren’t we cute?? Yes, we had big hair, after all, it was the early 90s :)

Here is a photo that was taken of us at Melannie’s funeral.

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I think it’s funny how we change, but remain the same. I am so grateful for these friends of mine. They are really more like sisters. Losing Melannie so suddenly, has really made me put people and friendships into the proper perspective.

It also makes me appreciate my girls, just that much more. I’ve been trying to find more time with them to just play.. It’s SO easy to get caught up in life and work, that playtime can sometimes be missed. Yesterday we went out to lunch and then stopped in at our favorite downtown fountain :) to just play in the water.. It was extremely crowded, apparently we were not the only ones with the same idea.. I didn’t get any fabulous photos, but I am sharing them anyway :)

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This one would have been cool, had anonymous child from the right not ran into my frame..

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Oh well.. I did get a thumbs up from Lorynn, and that was the point, right?

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SO, today, I am still working.. Trying to wrap up my new lines with FP. Tomorrow, I think we are going to head out to Lagoon in the morning and then maybe we’ll grab a matinee of ‘UP’. It looks SO cute! :)

I’m No June Cleaver

Yep, to dispel any rumors there might be floating out there. I am NO June Cleaver :)

I will admit to hiring a housekeeper, and even a part time nanny ;) (Hey a single girl has got to live, right??) But there is one thing that I try to do every now and again, and that is bake. I remember when I was a child, coming home from school and finding my mother in the kitchen whipping up a batch of her famous chocolate chip cookies. The smell of them, that feeling inside of ‘ah, thanks mom!’, and just the simple warm chocolatey goodness :) YUM.

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Today was a baking day. Nothing too complex, just a perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies. YUM!

I also HAD to snap some photos of Lorynn today. I was out driving and I saw the most fantastic dandelion patch.. Now, I almost love dandelions more than I love roses.. I know, I am strange. Wild flowers, [in this case weeds] that grow in such abundance are just too irresitable to me. I love fields of any kind :)

I got some great shots, I haven’t been able to sit down and really look at all of them yet. And I’ve got more sessions from last week that I need to process too :) Yes, my work is never done..

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And EEKS.. I see I forgot to watermark these.. How terribly irresponsible of me :)

Tonight marks the beginning of Little Dreamer’s Second Birthday Celebration! We’ve been working on some fabulous fun things that I think you will all enjoy :) Be sure to check it out!

Happy Friday! Have a fantastic weekend!

Got Snow?

Yep, it’s just regular, run-of-the-mill Utah weather :)

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All the flowers and trees are trying to blossom and then it just goes and snows :)

I wonder when REAL spring will begin? Hmm.

I have, however had a great week so far, silly weather and all. I’ve been working like a crazy woman. Fancy Pants deadlines, templates for WHCC, Photo Sessions, preparing for Little Dreamer’s Second Birthday, new goodies for the shoppe, promotions for ScrapBlog, then of course there is being a mom and sleeping, right? (who needs sleep?)

I was working yesterday and I could hear Lorynn singing and dancing in the other room. I poked my head around from  my computer (hey, it’s a big moniter) and this is what I saw:

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This is the view directly from my office, and it just made me laugh so hard. She was singing and dancing up a storm, man, I love spunky five year olds! :) I was actually surprised that she hadn’t lined up all her animals on the floor to watch her amazing performance..

We had a fabulous Easter. Had family visting, got to hang out with Lori :) I posted a bunch of our Easter photos on my Facebook account, then realized that I didn’t blog about it.. If you want to see our Easter Soiree, you can pop on over to FB. Now with facebook, it’s just another place to goof off when I should be working, right?? I will admit to being slightly addicted to FB.

And NO.. I will NOT join Twitter, you just can’t make me do it!

The Universe Speaks…

Oh no you didn’t…

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Oh Yes, I Did..

The girls and I were downstairs in the kitchen. *CRASH* We run upstairs and this is what we find. It was too funny not to document it. Holy S**T. Really?

Man, the universe just told me it’s time to get a new flat screen.

Just Had To Share!

I got an email today from a very excited mom :) One of my photos from my session with her adorable son, Mason, ended up on the cover of Memory Makers Mag.  I am so proud, I just had to share it!

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Isn’t he a cutie! :) This should be on the newstands in a few weeks. It’s my first cover, so I am pretty stinking excited.

So, today, I am trying to finish up a million things.. I have to admit that my head has been in the clouds just a little bit lately ;) I would give you the juicy details but I am not ready to share yet. It’s good though!

I do promise that my new antique actions will be out later today. Thanks to the fabulous Lauren Barden for helping me get them to function properly in PSE :)

We are also announcing a bit of WELCOMED news at Little Dreamer. We are switching to a new and improved shopping cart. THIS SATURDAY. We will have a happy little Valentines sale, as well as a goodie for you when you register for a new account.  More news on that later today, watch for our newsletter for all the details.

So happy Wednesday, Make it a good one!

 

One of those days

Have you ever had one of those days when you were just CRAVING something?? I stopped drinking soda almost a year ago. But for whatever reason, I just can’t get it out of my head today that I would LOVE an ICE COLD Dt. Mountain Dew straight from the can.. AHH. Now that’s pure refreshment ;)

I WILL NOT SUBMIT!

Today Is the first day of the newest addition to our little family. Our Nanny, Betty. (OH YEAH!) I have her coming three days a week, part time, so that I can actually get some work done. Yeah for me! Today I am trying my bestest to catch up on emails, working on a new Photoshop Action :) and Trying to finish off my Valentines kit. Who knows, I might actually have it done BEFORE Valentines day! (Now wouldn’t that be something?)

So, just popping in here to blog land to wish everyone a happy Friday :)

GO CARDINALS!!

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I need a couple of willing testers to test out my new photoshop action. Here is what it looks like:

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It’s actually two actions, one to colorize your photo, Vintage Color, and then a second one to add it to the antique paper.

I am looking for Elements users, on a mac using PSE 5, 6 or 7 Elements users on Vista, using PSE 5, 6 or 7 and Elements users on Windows, using PSE 4, 5, 6 or 7.

I also need a Photoshop 7.0, and CS4 users :) Send me your email and I will send you links to download.

 

*ETA*

I have enough testers for this action :) Thank you so much for your help!

Begin to hope

Well, I figure that I had better post something here since it’s now almost 13 days into January :) I’ve been pretty busy, and my blog is always the first thing to go..

So, let’s talk 2009! It’s no secret that 2008 was a difficult year for me. I can easily say that it has been the hardest year of my life. It ended with me in a place that I NEVER thought I would find myself in. So, 2009 is a year for me to make the necessary changes in my life to get myself back on track.
So my resolutions for 2009, are:
Redecorate my new home (YEAH!)
Get to the gym at least 3 days a week
Run on the treadmill the other 4 days ;)
Learn to play the guitar
Laugh more
Love more
DESIGN MORE
And just live :)

I am learning to be happy all on my own, and I have to tell you, it’s pretty empowering.

I did a quick layout tonight, it’s actually my first layout of the year, I wanted it to be something cathartic..

BeginToHope

It’s a simple design, but powerful for me.

Papers are from my Heartfelt Christmas kit
Photography by Brenna Coleman (isn’t she fabulous!)
Cool Doodle brushes by CD Muckosky (in the shoppe soon!)

So, What is on your list for 2009??
May it bring us all happiness, health and wealth!

Merry Christmas!

Well, I just finished wrapping the last of my presents from Santa.. (No small feat!) Now I am headed off to bed so I can enjoy a rich day of opening gifts and all the excitiment that goes along with it..

I am feeling pretty good tonight. I finally caught up on the last episode of Dexter. (nothing like watching back to back episodes of Dexter to get you into the Christmas spirit ;) It took me 1 complete episode to put all of the presents together, (not so good with the screws and screwdriver) then 2 episodes to get everything wrapped. I guess 3 hours flying solo is not too shabby though :)

As I look around me at all that we have been blessed with, I am just feeling really lucky. I have learned that while life can be very unpredictable, it is also still pretty amazing. Sometimes it is difficult to accept change when it seems to be forced upon you, but I have really found peace in learning to let go of the things I have no control in changing. In letting go, I am finding joy. Honestly, I didn’t think I would be here so soon.

I wish you all a very Merry Holiday Season. Thank you so much for your love and support!
~M

 

A Little Scrap Therapy

Hello lovely blog readers.

Just a little scrap therapy today.

I scrapped a new layout today of my little cuties with their new little cutie, Minnie.

PuppyLove

Everything here from my new (paper) release with Fancy Pants Designs, Splendid. FP has two new lines that they will be debuting TONIGHT :) And not that I am partial or anything,  but they are yummy :)

Also in response to everyone’s emails and notes :)

I am doing well.  Things are looking up. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and notes.

Happy Wednesday!
~M

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